The partially clad body of a young woman who appeared to have been shot to death was discovered early yesterday in the southern Anne Arundel community of Tracy's Landing, authorities reported.
The victim -- whose identity is unknown -- was found on the side of the 300 block of Leitch Road about 7 a.m. by a resident of the area who at first thought the body was a mannequin, said Cpl. Tom Wagner, a county police spokesman.
Police said they were not sure whether the woman had been killed at that site.
The victim may have been sexually assaulted because the body was nude from the waist down, Corporal Wagner said.
Police said the victim was white, 15 to 25 years of age, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 100 pounds. She was wearing a full-length heavy black coat, and had three self-applied tattoos on her left forearm -- barely visible green letters that appeared to spell the names Jim, John and Paul, police said. She had light blue eyes and brown shoulder-length hair.
"We've been combing through the missing persons reports like crazy, trying to find an identification," the corporal said.
Anyone who might know the victim, or have information, is asked to call the police at 222-3450.
Man charged with cocaine possession
Annapolis police arrested James Arthur Clark, 37, in the 1100 block of Madison Street Thursday and charged him with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.
Mr. Clark, who also has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving police a false name, was being held at the county Detention Center on $3,500 bond.
A police officer investigating another case reported seeing Mr. Clark about 8:15 p.m. fold something into a piece of white plastic and place it in his pocket.
When the officer asked to see what was in the plastic, Mr. Clark became apologetic, according to a police report. He retrieved the plastic wrap and showed the officer four white rocks.
Mr. Clark gave police a false name and address, the police report said. Police reportedly learned it was false when they telephoned residents at the address he gave.